BT confirms timetable for broadband roll out

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    BT confirms timetable for broadband roll out

    BT today provided clarity for more than a thousand communities across
    the UK by setting dates for when they will have access to broadband.
    The move follows an earlier announcement that BT would be rolling out
    broadband so that 99.6 per cent of UK households are connected to
    broadband exchanges by August 2005.

    The roll out is the latest stage of an ongoing investment by BT that
    has already seen more than one billion pounds spent on its UK
    broadband network. It will lead to almost one million more households
    being connected to broadband exchanges and it will require 5,500
    kilometres of new cable to be laid across the country.

    BT's investment will ensure the UK remains ahead of its major
    international competitors. A recent report by the Organisation for
    Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) identified the UK as
    having plans that will ensure the country has the best DSL broadband
    availability within the G7 group of countries.

    BT's roll out programme will speed up the national deployment of
    broadband bringing it to more communities in a shorter time than would
    otherwise have been possible. By adopting a systematic approach, BT
    has been able to combine a faster roll out of broadband with the most
    efficient engineering solution. The systematic roll out has also
    enabled BT to bring forward the enablement of 59 additional exchanges
    that had hit their triggers before the closure of the registration
    scheme.

    Ritchie, BT chief broadband officer, said today: "Today's news
    provides clarity for more than a thousand communities across the UK.
    People have been keen to know when they will have access to broadband
    and this clarity from BT will allow them to plan ahead with
    confidence.

    "Whilst this move will ensure the UK leads the G7 in broadband
    availability, more has to be done in terms of driving take up. It is
    particularly important for the UK that businesses adopt and embrace
    broadband.

    "BT is working hard to transform the market from narrowband to
    broadband and to ensure that every part of the UK can benefit from the
    broadband revolution".

    Today's timetable will see broadband delivered to every remaining
    exchange except for the very smallest which between them account for
    fewer than 100,000 premises across the UK.

    Alison Ritchie added: "BT is not forgetting these small numbers of
    communities who are still to be told when they will receive broadband.
    These communities are served by the very smallest exchanges and BT is
    working hard to find solutions for them. These solutions depend on the
    support of external partners and so BT will continue to seek to work
    in partnership with public sector and other organisations. Possible
    solutions include wireless and satellite broadband as well as BT's
    Exchange Activate product."

    BT also announced that the initial results from trials to extend the
    reach of broadband beyond its current limit (roughly 6km) were looking
    very promising. BT is confident it will find a way over the summer to
    extend the reach of broadband ADSL services to over a million more
    homes and businesses throughout the UK.

    The full timetable can be accessed at www.bt.com/broadband.

    Notes to Editors
    BT has upgraded its systems so that people can order broadband from a
    service provider immediately rather than having to wait for their
    exchange to be upgraded before placing their order. This will ensure
    that people have access as soon as possible.

    About BT
    BT Group plc is the listed holding company for an integrated group of
    businesses providing voice and data services in the UK and overseas,
    particularly in Europe, but also in the Americas and the Asia Pacific
    region. British Telecommunications plc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
    BT Group plc, holds virtually all businesses and assets of the BT
    group.

    BT is one of Europe's leading providers of telecommunications
    services. Its principal activities include local, national and
    international telecommunications services, higher-value broadband and
    internet products and services, and IT solutions. In the UK, BT
    serves over 20 million business and residential customers with more
    than 29 million exchange lines, as well as providing network services
    to other licensed operators.

    BT consists principally of three lines of business:

    BT Retail, serving businesses and residential customers and including
    BT Openworld, one of the UK's leading ISPs.

    BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK,
    including ADSL, conveyance, transit, bulk delivery of private
    circuits, frame relay and ISDN connections.

    BT Global Services, BT's managed services and solutions provider,
    serving multi-site organisations worldwide. Its core target market is
    the top 10,000 global multi-site organisations with European
    operations.

    There are a number of other businesses within the BT group, including
    BT Exact, an internationally renowned centre of excellence in IT and
    networking technologies. It is also BT's technology and research and
    development business.

    In the year ended 31 March 2004, BT's turnover was £18,519million with
    profit before goodwill amortisation, exceptional items and taxation of
    £2,016million.

    For more information, visit www.bt.com








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